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Speed 3 12 DLX Sudden collapse

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direnc
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Speed 3 12 DLX Sudden collapse

Postby direnc » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:51 am

Hi,

I have a Speed 3 12 DLX that I bought well used. It was not flying very well. I found out the line lengths were not equal, fixed them and it got better. Then checked the mixer, it was not even. Fixed it and it bacme even better, and I actually enjoyed flying it. Then, for the last two sessions it started coollapsing with no apparent reason. The leading edge collapses and the kite crumbles into a ball shape, starts looping, crashes into water etc... First time it happened I thoght i made a mistake or the wind was off, but on my last session it happened many times. I think it starts happening when the wind picks up or after a while into the session, not right away.

Anyone experienced this ? What is the proper way to fix this?

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Re: Speed 3 12 DLX Sudden collapse

Postby socommk23 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:07 am

Sounds like the b lines are too long. Leading to the front edge having a lower aoa than it should. Shorten them a touch and see what happens.


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